The last Christmas present was started today and I'm stuck. Like most things, I simply start sewing and work it out as I go, but it's not happening today. So rather than sit there and become frustrated, I'm taking a short break.
There are still a few things to finish like the binding and label on this quilt.
Do you remember the bundle of fabrics Kay & Sharon from Avonleigh gave me in July? I didn't put them in the stash, but left them in clear view, determined to use them.
I wasn't sure what to make with them until I saw the gorgeous Drunkards Path raffle quilt Shelley made. This meant I had to overcome my reluctance to cut and sew anything with curves. The fabrics and block have taken me well outside my comfort zone. It was easy to cut and simple to piece together. I wasn't sure how to lay the blocks out, but happily fluked a layout that required only minimal matching of seams. Something I only realised once I was sewing it together.
I think the pieced back took nearly as long as the front!
There hasn't been much happening in the way of Christmas stitching as I've been busy preparing for my workshop in March next year.
It's my favourite time of the year, the Christmas rush is forgotten, the New Year’s routine is established and there is the promise of balmy days ahead. It’s the time I find myself unwinding and the nicest way to do that is with needle and thread in hand.
There will be something to stitch, some simple felt appliqué and best of all no pressure!
When: Saturday 22 March
Time: 10.00 am – 4.00pm
Venue: The Joy Bus, Barnawartha
You will receive
two new patterns by Marg Low Designs, a starter kit, tips and ideas for adapting the patterns
morning & afternoon tea and lunch is included
A $40 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking, with the balance due at the end of February.
Yesterday, I played around with the first project for next years club.
It’s no secret I love creating small achievable projects and this is what the Little Treasures club is all about, five simple & quick projects. The type you can prepare, stitch and complete in a night or two.
Club details will be available early in the new year, and starts February.
Kits including the pattern and felt to make a single decoration are on sale for $18.00 plus P & H.
The All Things Nice pattern includes instructions to make all 9 needle cases. Once you have the pattern it will be difficult to stop at one. Additional kits are available for $4.50 each plus P & H, but you will need to contact me for these.
The Winter edition of Simply Vintage arrived in my letter box on Friday and how exciting to discover my projects on the front cover.
Carol visited my stand at the Melbourne Craft & Quilt Show and immediately asked if I would like to contribute to this edition. The next half hour flew past in a blur as projects were hand picked. The list grew longer, things were crossed off, others added until a lovely complimentary mix of projects was chosen.
Little pillows, stitched table mat and of course decorations adorned with Barb's Theodora Cleave buttons.